60 SECONDS WITH ROLAND
Our busy staff are tough to pin down. But now we’re ushering them into the spotlight, one by one (sometimes kicking and screaming), to find out more about who they are, what their role is and the things they love about being part of notonthehighstreet.com.
What’s your name and your job title?
Roland and I’m a Technical Architect.
What did you dream of being when you were growing up and why?
I wanted to design board games (I was a pretty weird kid, I guess). There was something about combining imagination with defining a balanced set of rules that appealed to me. I enjoy playing games because it’s fun working out what makes them tick (and then you can win!).
Tell us some of the less ordinary things about you.
I’m studying statistics at the moment, but I originally studied English Literature. I also came to programming through graphic design – some people tend to be surprised at the range of things I’ve done, but life is too short to be overly focused!
What three words might your friends use to sum you up?
What’s different about notonthehighstreet.com to any other place you’ve worked?
Probably how friendly and close people are here – there aren’t many workplaces where you end up hanging out with colleagues seven days a week because you’re really good friends. In the early days the fancy dress parties were pretty special as well!
What things about you have been criticised in other workplaces, but praised here?
People criticise me?! I’m perfect!!
What do you most value – and most enjoy – about working here?
The freedom to work on interesting projects that you learn a lot from. We provide the opportunity for our Partners to leave behind the daily grind and do something they love, and it’s great to be able to feel like you’re helping make that happen whilst doing something you love yourself.
Describe one of your best days here.
It’s pretty difficult to single one out – but being down by the river in the sunshine, celebrating a successful site relaunch is definitely up there.